Not too long ago, any kid who wanted to carry a shotgun in the woods had to lug around dad’s full-size model that was too long, too heavy and just too cumbersome. It’s a wonder any young hunter stayed in the sport.
Thankfully, gun manufacturers are appealing to future generations through trendy and practical offerings ranging from basic, time-tested, break-open single shots to rapid-cycling auto-loaders. Whatever you choose for your pint-sized companion, rest assured, a variety of shotguns designed for young or small-framed shooters will keep your little buddy in the field until he outgrows that shotgun you bought him for his birthday. Here’s a look at ten youth shotguns that fit into any family’s budget.
Benelli’s shortened version of their popular Nova pump is a superb choice for smaller hunters and shooters. It comes with a 24-inch barrel and an overall length of 44.2 inches (1.3 inches shorter than their standard 24-inch barrel Nova) and is chambered for 3-inch shells. The Nova Compact comes with three choke tubes, a removable trigger assembly and a rotating bolt head. It weighs 6.4 pounds, making it a practical choice for young hunters. It’s available in black synthetic or Realtree APG.MSRP: $469